NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said they need a “right-handed shot” to improve their blueline. It will be one of their priorities this offseason, either through free agency or trade.

    “Right-shot defensemen are at a premium in the league and I mean ones that can play on the point on the power play and get points,” general manager Ken Holland said.

    “We’d like to get a right-handed shot defenseman. Can we make it happen? We’ll find out.”

    They could fill from within with Alexey Marchenko or Ryan Sproul, but probably not for next season. Some right-handed pending UFAs and potential trade targets: UFAs Matt Niskanen (PIT), Dan Boyle (SJ), Marek Zidlicky (NJ), Derek Morris (PHO), Tom Gilbert (FLA) and Matt Greene (LA). Trade Candidates: Shea Weber (NSH), Tyler Myers (BUF), Dustin Byfuglien (WIN), Cody Franson (TOR) and Dennis Wideman (CAL).

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks head coach Todd McLellan last week.

    “We can’t keep what we have, or at least keep the same approach. Something has to change,” Todd McLellan said on Friday. “It’s two years in a row losing to that team, and it’s a very good team, too. Let me make that very clear.”

    It’s doubtful Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and their recently signed three-year, no-trade clause deals are moved. Logan Couture is still the face of the franchise. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a cornerstone on their blueline. It’s unlikely that Dan Boyle is back as the Sharks are unlikely to offer a multi-year deal. Antti Niemi could backup Alex Stalock if they can’t find a taker for him. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns are intriguing and they could look to sell high on Pavelski. His five-year, $30 million extension with a limited no-trade clause kicks in this summer. They could look at moving Burns back to the point. If the Sharks could get a center to anchor their third line, they may be tempted to move either Pavelski or Burns. Could look for a defensman to fill Boyle’s void.

    “What needs to be done for this organization is what’s right for the organization. Nobody is bigger than this organization. … We now have some very critical decisions to make,” Wilson said.

    “They will be made, but again, it’ll be what’s right for this organization. This organization, this ownership group and our fans deserve that.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Panthers GM Dale Tallon has said he’ll be shopping their first overall draft pick this year. Cox wonders if the Maple Leafs, who hold the eighth overall, would be interested in trading up to No. 1. It make take a Jake Gardiner or Nazem Kadri.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: Former Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s name may be near the top of the Coyotes assistant GM list. He has ties to GM Don Maloney from their days with the Islanders in the early 90′s.

11 Comments

  1. hotwings

    May 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Yes, deal with Tallon… Gardiner+our first sounds good… Kadri+first not so much… Also Pavelski sounds good too.. Gardiner, +, +….

    another interesting off season for the leafs… hopefully Shanny does not restrain any blockbusters Nonis might cook up..

  2. Chris

    May 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Jake Gardiner has only played 167 NHL games. That’s about the equivalent of 2 NHL seasonswhich isn’t a lot when developing defensemen. In the 2nd half of the season Gardiner started to show consistency to the point where I think he was the Leafs best defenceman. If the Leafs trade Gardiner and he continues his upward trajectory then the Leafs will regret it just like they did whe they traded Steen before he’d developed as a player.

    At #8 the Leafs will get a good young foward. One of Nick Ritchie, Jake Virtanen, William Nylander, Nick Ehlers etc. shold be available there. Why trade a 23 year old improving d man who will probably play in Toronto’s top 4 along with a potential top 6 winger for a prospect who won’t be light years better than the one they’ll get at 8 anyway? Aaron Ekblad will probably go 1st and as good as he is, accordng to scouts he’s not projecte to be a Drew Doughty type impact defenseman. He’ll probably end up being a good (but not superstar) d man like Erik Johnson (the last defencman who was taken 1st overall )

  3. EastCoastHockeyFan

    May 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Ho you not only give Gardiner the credit hely shit, chris, you finally got some thing right. has earned, you didn’t over value Ekblad/the first over all pick in this years draft, im shocked

  4. EastCoastHockeyFan

    May 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    holy shit chris, you finally got something right not only give Gardiner the credit he has earned, you didnt over value Ekblad/the first over all pick in this years draft, im shocked.
    and not yesterday you were saying Toronto should offer Kadri AND Gardiner for the first pick way to stick to them guns

    P.S. sorry about the previous post, walked away from the keyboard and my daughter tryed to edit it for me

  5. Patrick

    May 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Let her edit it. Tried* jokes of course, couldn’t resist.

  6. AJ

    May 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    “If the Sharks could get a center to anchor their third line, they may be tempted to move either Pavelski or Burns”

    So the Sharks move their 3rd line center (Pavs) for a 3rd line center? And what 3rd line center will the Sharks get that’s as versatile or better at faceoffs than Pavs?

  7. Chris

    May 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Do NOT put words in my mouth. I NEVER said the Leafs SHOULD trade Kadri or Gardiner for the first pick.

    I said that it would take Kadri or Gardiner and the 8th pick to get the 1st pick and that it’s not worth it.

    You do understand that determining value for an asset is not the same as supporting it right?

  8. Barry

    May 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I used to be a Carlyle fan until the goalie b-shit started with the famous look Riemer gave the coach. I would of benched the goalie too. However when the coach said that Riemer was just OK in one of the last games that was a no no. As an ex coach myself I think the coach should be fired. The coach is there to support his team not pick out individuals and through them under the bus.

  9. hotwings

    May 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    LOL @ chris for throwing a hissy fit over this crap…

    “DO NOT put words in my mouth”” lollolololol…

  10. hotwings

    May 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    @barry… to be fair, i think it would be fair to say that Reimer thinks he is better than he actually is. I know he is still developing, but at various times, he is seems to have a case of “entitlement syndrome”.

    Perhaps Carlyle was not tactical or sensitive enough when he said that, but on the other hand, this is the NHL and Reimer didnt really have a stellar year by any stretch.

  11. Bill K.

    May 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    yes it would be o.k. to move up…when do we finally say it`s time to have that /1 centre. I have little doubt Bennett or Reinhardt could fill that role. I`m a Bennett fan. You might still keep the top line together but Bennett can play 200`of ice a way better than Kadri has shown us. He could step in right away with a couple vets like Lupul and Raymond. Holland can come in on your third line. A Leivo might give us that extra scoring winger we don`t get in this draft by moving up for a centre. If we have to include a Gardiner instead of KAdri in a deal then we trade Kadri for a winger or d. We must upgrade the Centre position. You can complain about the D. But we took 300+ more defensive zone face-off than anybody else…that`s because we can`t hold possession in the other end and the defence isn`t being supported.